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Are you heading out for a day at the races and are in need somewhere to stay? Look no further than a Sykes holiday cottage.

Horse racing is one of the nation’s favourite sports, with courses spanning from the Lake District down to Brighton. A day at the races is a popular pastime for friends and families alike, with a range of events and festivals available throughout the year. Discover places to stay near some of the UK’s favourite racecourses, from Cheltenham and York to Southwell and Great Yarmouth.

Find your perfect place to stay in the UK for the races…


Cheltenham Races

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is a historic venue in the world of horse racing, having been popular since its first race, held in 1831. Its most prestigious event is undoubtedly the Cheltenham Festival which takes place each March, concluding with the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Where is Cheltenham Racecourse?

Cheltenham Racecourse is held at Prestbury Park, on the outskirts of this fine Gloucestershire town, easily accessed via car, bus, coach, taxi and even helicopter!

When is Cheltenham Races?

The world-famous Cheltenham Festival 2020 runs from Tuesday 10th-Friday 13th March. You can also enjoy a day at Cheltenham Races on Wednesday 15th April, Thursday 16th April, Friday 1st May, Friday 23rd October and Saturday 24th October. Find the full Cheltenham Races fixtures for 2020.

Where can I stay for Cheltenham Races?

We recommend Postmaster’s Lodging (Ref. 976759), Winchcombe, Cotswolds

Postmaster's Lodging Collage

This former Post Office has been converted to a lavish standard, offering tasteful accommodation for 6 people. It nestles in the heart of the charming Cotswolds town of Winchcombe, just 5 miles away from Cheltenham Racecourse.

Enjoy a magnitude of walks from your doorstep, with the Cotswolds AONB within a stone’s throw. Discover even more places to stay in Cheltenham during Cheltenham Festival. Our Cheltenham Travel Guide offers inspiration on how to spend your break. Discover 8 of the best Cheltenham cafés for the best places to stop for a coffee and a bite to eat.


York Races

York Racecourse

In terms of total prize money, York Racecourse is the 3rd largest in Britain, attracting around 350,000 punters each year. The multi award-winning York Racecourse has received accolades for Best Racecourse, Fine Dining Experience and more.

Where is York Racecourse?

Find York Races just a mile from the impressive and historic city centre. Access is simple, whether you fancy a walk, drive, taxi, coach or shuttle bus.

When is York Races?

You can head to the beautiful York Racecourse throughout the sunny months. York Races dates occur regularly, starting from Wednesday 13th May and ending on Saturday 10th October.

Enjoy an array of different York races fixtures, ranging from the Dante Festival in May to the Music Showcase Weekend in July. Family days and ladies days are also on offer. Find the full York Races fixtures for 2020.

Where can I stay for York Races?

We recommend 5 Colenso Street (Ref. 985944), York, North Yorkshire

5 Colenso Street

This classy terraced cottage rests just a short stroll from York Racecourse, accommodating a family of 4 in style. Use this tasteful York cottage as the base for your trip to York Races 2020, charmed by a number of characterful oak features.

York city centre is also within strolling distance, should you fancy discovering the stunning architecture and wealth of attractions here. Browse through our York Travel Guide for inspiration on things to do nearby. Choose from a wide selection of cottages in York to use as your racing retreat.


Chester Races

Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse is the oldest racecourse in England that is still in use, with racing here dating back to the 1500s. It is also thought to be England’s smallest racecourse of significance, running just 1 mile and 1 furlong.

Chester Racecourse is steeped in history, with the site resting along the banks of the River Dee, and was once a working harbour.

Where is Chester Racecourse?

Chester Races sits just a short stroll from Chester city centre, where you will find a wealth of bars, shops and restaurants. You can get to Chester Racecourse with ease, via car, bus, coach and train.

When is Chester Races?

The Chester racing season begins with the popular Chester Festival on the 5th May. Visit Chester Races right throughout the summer, with night races, ladies days and much more to enjoy.

The Chester Season Finale takes place on September 26th. Find the full Chester Races fixtures for 2020.

Where can I stay for Chester Races?

We recommend Brickworks Cottage (Ref. 953603), Chester, Cheshire

Brickworks Cottage

This tasteful terraced cottage finds itself tucked away from the centre of Chester, ideally located for exploring the location. Chester racecourse sits within easy reach from this bright and airy holiday home for 2.

Use Brickworks Cottage as the base for a romantic couples’ holiday in Chester. This is just one of many high-quality cottages in Chester which rest within a stone’s throw of the city’s extensive choice of shops, bars and restaurants.


Cartmel Races

Cartmel Races

Cartmel Races is very much one for sun lovers, surrounded by the astounding scenery of Cumbria. For a small track, Cartmel Racecourse often boasts impressive attendance, with the third-highest average of any jumps track behind Aintree and Cheltenham.

Where is Cartmel Racecourse?

Cartmel Racecourse sits in the heart of this pretty Cumbrian village, making it easy to discover the range of restaurants and pubs in Cartmel. Cartmel Races is easy to access, with options including walking, train, taxi, coach and helicopter for the more adventurous.

When is Cartmel Races?

Choose from 9 racedays held at Cartmel Racecourse throughout the summer months. The season begins with the Whit Holiday Meeting on 23rd May, and finishes with the August Holiday Meeting on 31st August.

Find the full Cartmel Races fixtures for 2020.

Where can I stay for Cartmel Races?

We recommend Shepherd Lodge (Ref. 936085), Allithwaite, Cumbria

Shepherd Lodge

If you and you other half are seeking a rural escape during your visit to Cartmel Races, Shepherd Lodge could be for you. This modern, wooden-clad lodge rests idyllically on a 26-acre park, looking out across the surrounding landscapes.

Cartmel Racecourse sits within a 15-minute walk, making it simple to enjoy a day at the wonderful Cartmel Races. Select from a range of other first-class holiday cottages in Cartmel. Our Lake District Travel Guide ensures that your visit will be one to remember.


Ripon Races

Ripon Races

Nicknamed the Garden Racecourse, Ripon Racecourse is a beautiful place to spend a day with your friends and family. The city of Ripon has hosted racing since 1664, it also held Britain’s first female jockey race, making it a fascinating place to go.

Where is Ripon Racecourse?

Reach Ripon Racecourse by train, bus, car and taxi, as it rests less than 2 miles from the centre of the city.

When is Ripon Races?

Choose from 17 different meetings at Ripon Races in 2020, ranging from weekends to midweek evening races. The 2020 season at Ripon Races gets underway on Thursday 16th April, running until Saturday 26th September.

Find the full Ripon Races fixtures for 2020.

Where can I stay for Ripon Races?

We recommend Riverside Apartment (Ref. 999242), Ripon, North Yorkshire

Riverside Apartment

This homely, 2-person apartment rests on the second floor of a classy terraced building, just off of Ripon’s stunning centre. The vaulted ceiling and warming gas fire help to make this a welcoming return after a day at Ripon races.

The varied amenities and stunning architecture of Ripon sit within walking distance, while Ripon Racecourse is also easy to reach. Browse our full range of Ripon cottages, and use our Yorkshire Dales Travel Guide for more ideas on how to spend your Ripon holiday.


Southwell Races

Southwell Racecourse

Southwell Racecourse is one of only 6 all-weather tracks in Britain, and is the only one with a fibresand surface. Thanks to this, you can enjoy a day at Southwell Races almost all-year-round.

Where is Southwell Racecourse?

Southwell Racecourse sits 2 miles from the town, actually within the Nottinghamshire village of Rolleston. Southwell Racecourse is adjacent to Rolleston train station, while the track is also accessible by car.

When is Southwell Races?

Southwell Racecourse is busy throughout the year, with a number of races each month. The introduction of floodlights to Southwell Races in March will allow night racing to take place during the winter months.

Find the full Southwell Races fixtures for 2020.

Where can I stay for Southwell Races?

We recommend Bowler Yard Cottage (Ref. 963639), Warsop, Peak District

Bowler Yard Cottage

This single-storey stable conversion is the ideal escape for couples, friends or families looking to have a day at Southwell Races. The homely, neutral interior makes this a calming holiday home for all to enjoy, within reach of Southwell Racecourse. Roam the stunning vineyards that surround this superb country cottage.

A host of other Nottinghamshire cottages are on-hand to host your Southwell Races trip. Use our Peak District Travel Guide to find more ways to make the most of this fine location.


Great Yarmouth RacesBeach at Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Racecourse is another steeped in history, with the first recorded race here being in 1715.

Where is Great Yarmouth Racecourse?

Great Yarmouth Races take place just north of the popular seaside town, just a stone’s throw from the stunning coastline. Car, train and even helicopter are all viable modes of transport to Great Yarmouth Racecourse.

When is Greath Yarmouth Races?

Great Yarmouth race meetings occur regularly from April until late October, with a choice of evening races throughout the summer months. Ladies days, music race days and family days are among the different events throughout the year.

Find the full Great Yarmouth Races fixtures for 2020.

Where can I stay for Great Yarmouth Races?

We recommend Rose Cottage (Ref. 984030), Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Rose Cottage

Find this characterful and tasteful cottage just south of wonderful Great Yarmouth, an easy trip away from Great Yarmouth Racecourse. With homely accommodation for two guests, it is a perfect coastal retreat for those looking for a day at Great Yarmouth Races.

Find a wide range of cottages in and around Great Yarmouth, while our Norfolk Travel Guide ensures that your stay will be unforgettable.


Browse through our full range of holiday cottages to embark on a holiday to remember. Our Travel Guides are sure to offer further inspiration on where to stay, things to do and how to get to your holiday destination.


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